F.H. Varley

Dead Horse Square, Monchy

c. 1918
After his arrival in France as one of the official Canadian war artists, Varley followed the Allied armies in the final offensive of WWI. Wartime conditions required he work quickly, making pencil studies and watercolours to capture the aftermath of battles. Dead Horse Square, Monchy is characterized by strong lines that emphasize Varley’s skills as a draughtsman and which allowed him to organize the chaotic masses of bone and ruins into a cohesive composition.
Artist
Title
Dead Horse Square, Monchy
Date
c. 1918
Medium
Drawing
Materials
watercolour over graphite on buff wove paper
Dimensions
25.3 x 35.4 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Vincent Massey Bequest, 1968
Accession number
15557